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In The News: Yahzarah Signs To Foreign Exchange Music


After a number of album setbacks this year it was announced yesterday that Yahzarah has become an official member of Foreign Exchange Music, and will be releasing her next album, The Ballad Of Purple St. James, via the label sometime in the Spring 2010.

It shouldn’t really come as a surprise to those familiar with Yahzarah and F.E. as they have a significant history. Yahzarah has collaborated with Phonte’s hip-hop group Little Brother and is a regular contributer to F.E. projects including their debut Connected (2004) and their critically acclaimed follow up, and strong contender for one of the albums of the decade, Leave It All Behind (2008). Phonte also contributed to Yahzarah’s The Prelude EP and has done some work on her upcoming album.

It was announced earlier in the year that the duo, made up of rapper/singer/all-round-music man Phonte and producer-extraordinaire Nicolay, would be setting up their own independant label to support other artists as well as their own projects. They wasted no time in signing up regular collaborator Zo! and new addition to the F.E. live shows, Carlitta Durand. The year went from strength to strength as Nicolay released his much anticipated Shibuya: City Lights Vol.2 album and Zo! released his free … just visiting too EP, both gained huge support from the independant soul community and made many ‘best of 2009 lists’ between them. Then, as the icing on the cake, it was announced that F.E. had been grammy nominated in the ‘Best Urban/Alternative Performance’ category  for their song ‘Daykeeper’ (featuring Muhsinah on vocals).

The addition of Yahzarah to their growing stable of artists will only cement Foreign Exchange Music’s position as one of the most exciting and original labels currently releasing music. In a way they kind of remind me of a ‘mini-Motown’, they have a very strong rosta of talented artists all working on their own projects but with a high degree of collaboration, all masterminded by two veterans of the music game. 2010 will not only see the release of The Ballad Of Purple St. James, but also Zo!’s full length Sunstorm project, a solo album from Phonte and possibly a solo release from Carlitta.

The Foreign Exchange have just made 2010 a great year to be a supporter of independant soul!

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